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Af/Pak & Other News (8/17/2019)
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Afghans voice fears that the U.S. is undercutting them in deal with the Taliban:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghan-fears-mount-that-the-us-is-undercutting-them-in-deal-with-the-taliban/2019/08/17/f4c7839e-c061-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html



Debate Flares Over Afghanistan as Trump Considers Troop Withdrawal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/16/us/politics/trump-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal.html



It Matters If Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/will-americans-call-afghanistan-victory/596188/










India says may rethink ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons:

https://www.defencetalk.com/india-says-may-rethink-no-first-use-policy-on-nuclear-weapons-72466/









The Ultimate Iran Nightmare: Not a War with America, But a Civil War:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ultimate-iran-nightmare-not-war-america-civil-war-74426









"Burn pits" may have put veterans at risk:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/how-burn-pits-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-may-have-put-veterans-at-risk/



U.S. Now Needs Iraq's Permission to Drop Bombs There:

https://www.newsweek.com/us-permission-bomb-iraq-1454833



Typhoon jets destroy a Daesh weapons stockpile:

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/typhoon-jets-destroy-a-daesh-weapons-stockpile/









Houthi drone attack on Saudi oilfield causes gas fire, output unaffected:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-saudi-oil-attack/houthi-drone-attack-on-saudi-oilfield-causes-gas-fire-output-unaffected-idUSKCN1V705R



Houthis claim major drone operation near the UAE:

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2019/08/houthis-claim-major-drone-operation-near-the-uae.php



Saudi and UAE Allies Are Fighting Each Other, Now Yemen Is Questioning the Whole
Coalition:

https://www.newsweek.com/saudi-uae-allies-fight-yemen-coalition-1454804



Analysis: Houthi naval attacks in the Red Sea:

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2019/08/analysis-houthi-naval-attacks-in-the-red-sea.php




US-Turkish Cruise Missile SOM-J May be a Victim of F-35 No-sale Fallout:

https://www.overtdefense.com/2019/08/16/us-turkish-cruise-missile-som-j-may-be-a-victim-of-f-35-no-sale-fallout/









Turkey, US agree on northern Syria buffer zone airspace control, Akar says:

https://thedefensepost.com/2019/08/16/turkey-us-syria-border-zone-airspace/



The Syria Safe Zone Will Cripple the Kurds:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/syria-safe-zone-will-cripple-kurds-73916



Civilian Death Toll Mounts as Syrian Offensive Widens:

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/civilian-death-toll-mounts-syrian-offensive-widens



Russian Air Force eliminates several militant sites in northern Syria: video:

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russian-air-force-eliminates-several-militant-sites-in-northern-syria-video/



Syria Says Air Defenses Intercepted Missile Attack:

https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/39777









Israel Meets With UAE, Declares It’s Joining Persian Gulf Coalition:

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/08/israel-meets-with-uae-declares-its-joining-persian-gulf-coalition/



Hezbollah shows 'missile arsenal' used against Israeli warship:

https://news.yahoo.com/hezbollah-shows-missile-arsenal-used-against-israeli-warship-182547099.html



IDF: 3 rockets fired from Gaza, 2 intercepted by Iron Dome:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5570717,00.html



Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack:

https://news.yahoo.com/israeli-warplanes-hit-gaza-palestinian-rocket-attack-065912535.html



Situational Supremacy:

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20190817.aspx









Libya’s LNA carries out airstrikes on airport housing Turkish drones – local
media:

https://ahvalnews.com/libya/libyas-lna-carries-out-airstrikes-airport-housing-turkish-drones-local-media



That Time Gaddafi Scrambled 70 Fighters to Intercept US Navy Aircraft that
Crossed the Line of Death:

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/that-time-gaddafi-scrambled-70-fighters-to-intercept-us-navy-aircraft-that-crossed-the-line-of-death/




U.S. Air Force’s new operating base in central Niger stands ready for use:

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-forces-new-operating-base-in-central-niger-stands-ready-for-use.html




Unmarked Gazelle helicopters spotted in Mozambique:

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/military-helicopters/unmarked-gazelle-helicopters-spotted-in-mozambique/




Sudan’s military, civilians sign power-sharing deal, setting up elections in
2022:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/sudans-military-civilians-sign-power-sharing-deal-setting-up-elections-in-2022/2019/08/17/3131dfea-c036-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html









U.S. Special Envoy To Ukraine Says Russian Propaganda Hindering Peace Efforts:

https://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-special-envoy-to-ukraine-says-russian-propaganda-hindering-peace-efforts/30112993.html



Russia's Fire-Damaged "Losharik" Spy Submarine Heads For Repairs As New Details
Emerge:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29448/russias-fire-damaged-losharik-spy-submarine-heads-for-repairs-as-new-details-emerge



Doctors who treated the victims of a deadly Russian missile blast weren’t warned
of radiation:

https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-doctors-who-treated-radiation-patients-asked-to-sign-ndas-2019-8



Russia Testing Nuclear-Powered Mega-Torpedo Near Where Deadly Explosion
Occurred:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2019/08/17/russia-testing-nuclear-powered-mega-torpedo-near-where-deadly-explosion-occurred/#2b0beac82d7f



MiG and Sukhoi Are Merging Under United Aircraft Corporation to Build Russia's
Warplanes:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/unstoppable-mig-and-sukhoi-are-merging-under-united-aircraft-corporation-build-russias



Roscosmos develops stealth technology for satellites:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Roscosmos_develops_stealth_technology_for_satellites_999.html



Russia releases new Hunter-B video showing Su-30 flying chase:

http://alert5.com/2019/08/17/russia-releases-new-hunter-b-video-showing-su-30-flying-chase/



Russia Signs Deal to Send Navy to Venezuela After 'Unacceptable' U.S. Moves:

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-navy-venezuela-unacceptable-us-1454639




A Forgotten Army: Transnistria's Little Tank Buster That Could:

http://spioenkop.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-forgotten-army-transnistrias-little.html




Iranian Tanker Ready To Leave Gibraltar 'In 24 To 48 Hours,' Despite U.S.
Pressure:

https://www.rferl.org/a/us-warrant-grace1-iranian-tanker-gibraltar/30113953.html



US issues warrant for seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar:

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-tanker-freed-gibraltar-poised-set-sail-135129890.html




Greenland isn't for sale but it is increasingly valuable:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/greenland-isn-t-for-sale-but-it-is-increasingly-valuable-11817276




Rafale seen with UAV kill marking:

https://www.janes.com/article/90497/rafale-seen-with-uav-kill-marking




Royal Navy Patrol Ship HMS Medway Shadows Russian Cruiser Marshal Ustinov
Through Channel:

https://defpost.com/royal-navy-patrol-ship-hms-medway-shadows-russian-cruiser-marshal-ustinov-through-channel/



UK blocks mini submarine sales to Russia over fears they are using them to cut
crucial underwater cables:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/9739787/uk-block-submarine-sales-to-russia-fears-cut-underwater-cables/



Fears grow that WW2 wreck could explode on Kent coast:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/17/fresh-fears-ss-richard-montgomery-wartime-wreck-kent-explosive-munitions









Argentine Navy 'dying' is a boost for Royal Navy and Falklands:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/argentine-navy-dying-boost-royal-3165599




During secret Venezuela talks, Maduro offered new elections. Is it a real
breakthrough or a stall?:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/during-secret-venezuela-talks-maduro-offered-new-elections-is-it-a-real-breakthrough-or-a-stall/2019/08/16/f1129532-c042-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html









China's 3 Helicopter Carriers Are Here to Stay: Paper Tiger or Super Weapon?:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-3-helicopter-carriers-are-here-stay-paper-tiger-or-super-weapon-73831



China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Today and Into the 2020s:

https://thediplomat.com/2019/08/chinas-j-20-stealth-fighter-today-and-into-the-2020s/



Chinese Drones Are Going to War All Over the Middle East and Africa:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinese-drones-are-going-war-all-over-middle-east-and-africa-74246



China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-china/china-state-agency-successfully-launches-rocket-for-commercial-use-cctv-idUSKCN1V703F



Chinese Tanks – Illustration: Sixty Years of Tank Design:

https://www.offiziere.ch/?p=36434



Meet China’s New JH-7A ‘Flying Leopard’ Supersonic Fighter-Bomber:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/meet-china%E2%80%99s-new-jh-7a-%E2%80%98flying-leopard%E2%80%99-supersonic-fighter-bomber-74381



U.S. officials said to meet with Hong Kong lawmakers amid crisis:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/16/us-officials-said-meet-hong-kong-lawmakers-amid-cr/



What if China sends paramilitary forces to crush the Hong Kong protests?:

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-08-16/will-china-send-paramilitary-forces-to-crush-the-hong-kong-protests





Taiwan Announces It's Getting New Block 70 F-16s As U.S. Government Advances
Deal:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29456/taiwan-announces-its-getting-new-block-70-f-16s-as-u-s-government-advances-deal





Japan to Procure 42 F-35B Lightning II STOVL Fighter Jets from US:

https://defpost.com/japan-to-procure-42-f-35b-lightning-ii-stovl-fighter-jets-from-us/



The Navy’s new stealth Special Ops boats have been spotted in the Pacific:

https://thenewsrep.com/118316/the-navys-new-stealth-special-ops-boats-have-been-spotted-in-the-pacific/










The NSA Uses Slack. Why?:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59np93/fearful-of-americas-enemies-the-nsa-refuses-to-tell-us-the-name-of-its-slack



Blue Angels, F-35s, Red Arrows and Thunderbirds in #hudsonflight:

http://alert5.com/2019/08/17/blue-angels-f-35s-red-arrows-and-thunderbirds-in-hudsonflight/



New Army Small Arms to Boost Soldier Lethality:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/8/16/new-army-small-arms-to-boost-soldier-lethality



Boeing accelerates ‘Loyal Wingman’ drone program:

https://defence-blog.com/army/boeing-accelerates-loyal-wingman-drone-program.html



Here Is The Lowdown On That F-16 Being Sold In Florida:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29462/here-is-the-lowdown-on-that-f-16-being-sold-in-florida



Another F-117 Nighthawk Fuselage Spotted in Transit in California along Columbia
Way.:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/08/17/another-f-117-nighthawk-fuselage-spotted-in-transit-in-california-along-columbia-way/



Army Struggles To Man New Cyber/EW Units: GAO:

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/08/army-struggles-to-man-new-cyber-ew-units-gao/



The U.S. Army's 'New' Abrams Tank Is Far from Obsolete (For Now):

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-armys-new-abrams-tank-far-obsolete-now-73901



Army Assessing Marine Corps Unmanned System:

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/8/14/army-assessing-marine-corps-unmanned-system



U.S. Air Force awards contract to Raytheon for 469 Laser Maverick units:

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-awards-contract-to-raytheon-for-469-laser-maverick-units.html



We Asked Def Con Attendees Why People Are Still Getting Hacked:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5yqn4/we-asked-def-con-attendees-why-people-are-still-getting-hacked



Vulcan Centaur ready to take first flight in 2021:

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/satcom/article/14038285/vulcan-centaur-first-flight-in-2021-united-launch-alliance-ula



The U.S. Navy Wants To Build the World's Largest Robot Warship:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a28712589/large-unmanned-surface-vehicle/



U.S. Navy awards FLIR with $12M contract to upgrade Littoral Combat Ships
‘digital eyes’:

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-navy-awards-flir-with-12m-contract-to-upgrade-littoral-combat-ships-digital-eyes.html



Buyer Beware: The U.S. Navy’s New Frigate Doesn’t Come With A Warranty:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/buyer-beware-us-navy%E2%80%99s-new-frigate-doesn%E2%80%99t-come-warranty-74191
SolomonW
2019-08-18 03:11:16 UTC
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Post by d***@hotmail.com
https://www.defencetalk.com/india-says-may-rethink-no-first-use-policy-on-nuclear-weapons-72466/
Bombs exist, they are getting more affordable and they are spreading, its
only a matter of time before they are used.
SolomonW
2019-08-18 03:20:44 UTC
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Post by d***@hotmail.com
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ultimate-iran-nightmare-not-war-america-civil-war-74426
Currently only an estimated 40 percent of the Iranian people are of the
Persian ethnic group. The remaining 60 percent consists of Azeris, Kurds,
Lurs, Baluchis, Arabs, and Turkoman. Many of these non-Persian groups feel
little loyalty to the Iranian state.

So their long-term problem is Iranians low population growth which means
that their share of the population is rapidly dropping.

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